The Passion of Christ in the Gospel of Luke
A Guide to Meditation and Prayer
Week 4 - Day 1
God is at Work in History
The Son of Man’s Coming
Meditation on Scripture- Read Luke 21:20-28 and write your reflections in the workbook. Use the summary below for further reflection on the passage. Prayer- Use the Guide for Prayer.
This is another section about the future. It seems to contain a section about the near future and one for a time more distant. Jesus’ words about the destruction of Jerusalem would take place about forty years after he spoke them. Jerusalem would be surrounded by armies. It would fall to the edge of the sword and the Jewish people would be scattered everywhere. His advice for that moment was correct. Only by fleeing Jerusalem would a person be saved. Once the siege started, escape would not be possible and the suffering inside the. City would be horrific. Church historian Eusebius records that most Christians left the city because of a revelation and fled to the area of the Decapolis, thus saving their lives.
The second section seems to point to events yet in the future. Jesus’ words in verses 25-28 sound like the book of Revelation. It is unclear at the present, to what things Jesus’ words point. Jesus encourages hope however. Those who see the signs begin to take place should know that their redemption is near.
This is a section that talks about a culmination in human history. Christianity sees history as linear, moving in the direction of its culmination in Christ. The final chapters of the Book of Revelation are about this final culmination. Read Revelation chapters 18-22 if yu have time.
Things to Consider –
· When Jesus calls the destruction of Jerusalem the days of vengeance that fulfill what was written, what do you think Jesus meant? Was Jerusalem’s destruction because they rejected Jesus? Or their general apostasy? In what sense do you think it fulfills Old Testament judgment and prophecies?
· Jesus talks about a time of the Gentiles. The previous 2,000 years have been ones in which the Gentiles have embraced the gospel (see Acts 28:28). What do you think Jesus meant when he referred to the times of the Gentiles? What does it mean that these days will, at one point, be fulfilled?
· Can you think of any connections to verses 25 and 26 in the Book of Revelation? See Revelation 8 and 9 for example. What might it be like to live in such a time?
· The Second Coming of Christ is a central tenet of Christian theology (verse 27). What do you think this means? For other references, see Acts 1:11 and Revelation 19:11-21.
Guide for Prayer –
· Close your eyes and take one full minute to calm your mind and gather your spirit.
· Acknowledge God as Lord of history. In prayer, see if you can think of ways God has been at work in human history.
· Since God is all powerful, ask him to show his power and presence in history today. Also in the world. In the church. What would you like to see God do? Pray for it.
· Thank God that, as a Gentile (if you are one), you have heard the gospel and embraced it. Thank God for a time in which Gentiles have received the gospel. Thank God for the people who helped you hear and receive the good news about Jesus.
· Pray for our country, especially our nation, state, and local leaders.
· Pray for one person who has a special need.
· Take some moments to offer your own prayers to God. Offer whatever prayers and praises seem appropriate.